It’s been said that men think about sex every seven seconds. Because of this, it has been assumed that us men need sex like we need food and water.
The thing is, there has been no research to back that claim up. That’s not saying that we don’t think about sex quite a bit—it’s believed we do at least once a day—it’s just that we’re not walking around looking for something to screw 24/7. Women may believe that we’re simply pigs and sex is the only thing on our minds, but there’s more to a man’s brain than that.
While we don’t need sex to survive, it’s still important to men, and here is why it is so significant to our lives.
The Testosterone Factor
In case you’re uninformed, men have this hormone called testosterone. Basically, it’s what makes a man a man. While women also have, and need, testosterone in smaller dosages, men have lots of it and it plays a huge role in our sex lives.
Testosterone controls some pretty important sex-related things, like the development of the penis and testes, sex drive (libido), and sperm production. However, there are numerous myths regarding testosterone, such as using it to explain why men are violent. While the hormone doesn’t always explain why sex is important to men, it does play a part.
Edward O. Laumann, PhD, a professor of sociology at the University of Chicago and lead author of a major survey of sexual practices, The Social Organization of Sexuality: Sexual Practices in the United States, believes that men “have every incentive to have sex to pass along their genetic material.”
Women, on the other hand, “may be hard-wired to choose their partners carefully, because they are the ones who can get pregnant and wind up taking care of the baby.” Laumann also believes this is why women seek a quality relationship, while men simply seek to spread their seed.
There are some people that feel that culture has played a significant role in the sexual activity of men.
Society and numerous cultures believe that the true making of a man are his sexual conquests. The more women he has slept with, the more he will fit into this accepted role. This pressure could be from his father, friends, or society in general that not only accepts men having a ton of sex, but also approves of it.
Unlike women, most of us guys don’t like to wear our hearts on our sleeves. We also don’t open up and get all sappy, but that doesn’t mean that we don’t have emotions and feelings.
More likely than not, our way of showing affection, and feeling it in return, is from sex. Also, sex fulfills our fear of loneliness and boosts our confidence. It really shouldn’t be a surprise that after sex men are typically happier people, as well.
It could be this way for women as well, but sex is one of the best ways for a man to get energized and feel relaxed.
Instead of complaining about his day, a guy would rather have sex to release stress and tension. It also gives us an extra step in our walks and just makes us feel great. It puts us in a better mood, and when we don’t have sex or are rejected we get bummed out. So, in short, sex is what gets a man through the daily grind.
Finally, sex has numerous health benefits for both men and women.
Having sex regularly can improve cardiovascular health, increases immunity in the body against diseases, reduces aches and pains, improve blood circulation, burn calories, and even help you live longer.
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